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Noam Chomsky on Plan Colombia

by Militante Friday, Mar. 22, 2002 at 5:19 AM

"Plan Colombia" provides an extensive analysis of U.S. economic and military interests and their role in supporting and rationalizing a "drug war" that has nothing to do with fighting drugs and everything to do with fighting resistance. This essay is reprinted from Noam Chomsky’s book 'Rogue States—The Rule of Force in World Affairs.' It is the result of Chomsky’s efforts to measure the world’s superpowers by their own professed standards and to hold them responsible for the indefensible actions they commit.

Alternative Press Review

Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2001

Plan Colombia

by Noam Chomsky

In 1999, Colombia became the leading recipient of US military and police assistance, replacing Turkey (Israel and Egypt are in a separate category). Colombia receives more US military aid than the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean combined. The total for 1999 reached about 0 million, along with million in arms sales, approximately a threefold increase from 1998. The figure is scheduled to increase still more sharply with the anticipated passage of some version of Clinton

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